Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.
—1 Peter 2:17
A question we should ask ourselves when selecting a candidate to vote for is this: How does the candidate view the Constitution?
Today there are two very different schools of thought among judges and politicians about how to view the Constitution. One is the constructionist viewpoint of the Constitution. Constructionists believe that judges have the responsibility to abide by the original intent of the framers of the Constitution. Even though we live in a rapidly changing world, we are still to look to the principles found in the Constitution to make decisions. The only way those principles can be altered is by the intentionally laborious process the founding fathers devised for amending the Constitution. That is the constructionist viewpoint.
However, a growing number of politicians and judges have adopted the expansionist view of the Constitution. Those who believe that the Constitution is organic, expansionists, see it as an ever-changing body of truth. One observer said it this way, “It’s as if the founding fathers wrote the Constitution on a blackboard and gave judges both an eraser and a piece of chalk.” The result of this expansionist view of the Constitution is that the judiciary is granting imaginary rights to some individuals while at the same time erasing the very real rights of other individuals.
This is what is happening in our country right now. Judges are creating imaginary rights for some while taking away the very real rights of other people. You know, I am amazed at how many citizens are ignorant of the principle of state’s rights versus the federal government. Most people assume the federal government has the final say in every legal issue. We think the only powers individual states have are those powers that the federal government has not usurped—secondary issues like insurance regulations and highway programs. But nothing could be further from the truth. The framers of the Constitution never envisioned such sweeping authority for the federal government. The Tenth Amendment of our Constitution reads, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” In other words, the only power the federal government has are those powers that are found in the Constitution. The rest of the power belongs to the states and to the people.
By inventing this right of privacy that is nowhere in the Constitution the courts have taken away the very real right we have as citizens in a state to formulate our own laws. That is why it is so important before you elect somebody to office, you know their view of the Constitution.
Today’s devotion is excerpted from “How a Christian Should Vote ” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2011.
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